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Old Hickory:Andrew Jackson and the American People: Andrew Jackson and the American People [Kindle Edition]

Albert Marrin
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From a childhood steeped in poverty, violence, and patriotic pride, Andrew Jackson rose to the heights of celebrity and power. The first popularly elected president, he won admiration by fighting corruption, championing the common man, shaping the power of the executive office, and preserving the fragile union of the young United States.
Yet Jackson's ruthless pursuit of what he believed to be "progress" left indelible stains on the nation's conscience: broken treaties and the Trail of Tears are among Old Hickory's darker legacies.
Vivid detail and unflinching analysis characterize Albert Marrin's fascinating rendering of the adventurous life, painful complexity, and continuing controversy that define the Age of Jackson.


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Starred Review. Grade 7 Up–More than a biography, this fine study of our seventh president is also a history and analysis of the times in which he lived. Born in a log cabin to a strong-willed, Scotch-Irish widow, Jackson lacked formal education but was intelligent and could size up people and events, a useful trait for his work as a soldier, lawyer, judge, legislator, and president. Defeated by John Quincy Adams in the 1824 election even though he had won the popular vote, Jackson was elected president four years later, following a dirty campaign that smeared both him and his wife. He was a strong-willed leader whose opinions would be most unpopular today. Marrin discusses the changes to society brought about by the Industrial Revolution, the railroads, and the rise of the market economy. Written in an engaging style and with a wealth of detail, the book is enhanced by numerous black-and-white illustrations, including reproductions of political cartoons, portraits, and documents. The lists of sources and of additional reading are extensive.–Jane G. Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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Gr. 6-12. Jackson's life lends itself perfectly to Marrin's famously hyperbolic narrative style. The product of a rough-hewn, eye-for-an-eye backwoods culture, Jackson, who killed a man in a duel (the only president to have done so), won office as much through force of personality as by his brilliant military achievements. He delayed the Civil War's start by decades while effectively putting spurs to the young country's economic growth, and he brought "more suffering to Native Americans than any single white person in American history, an evil which must forever stain his memory." Along with biographical background, the author paints a vivid picture of Jacksonian society, including searing indictments of the general treatment of women, slaves, and Native peoples and passages on spitting and hygiene, which should not be read while eating. Illustrated with period paintings and cartoons, this thoroughly researched study presents multifaceted views of both a uniquely vigorous era, and the larger-than-life figure that embodied it. Extensive endnotes and a reading list are appended. John Peters
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  • File Size: 8098 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (December 16, 2004)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002KS3AK2
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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened, Professor Marrin? July 24, 2011
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This is the tenth book I have read and purchased written by Professor Marrin. I initially came across him while writing my senior thesis for college and I have been impressed with his writing ever since...until now. Perhaps my disappointment comes from the reality that I have only read his older books, whereas this one was written in 2006; perhaps with time the author has become more "progressive" and revisionist in his writing. Besides the obvious inaccuracies (Marrin writes that the Act of Union between Scotland and England occurred in 1607 when it was 1707. Marrin writes that the 3/5 Clause in the Constitution placed the value of a black person at 3/5 a human being, a typical revisionist idea. Even a superficial knowledge of the Constitution causes one to understand that only 3/5 of blacks were counted as a WHOLE, not as an individual), Marrin also takes "potshots" at whites in general. When he mentions that Jackson had a black female slave, he subtlety attempts to interject that "they may have been sex partners," but then never gives any proof and never even mentions the relationship again. In a former book Professor Marrin wrote, "Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1690-1760," he describes the brutality of both native people and whites. In this book, all the brutality seems to be on the part of whites, who, Professor Marrin would have you believe, wanted nothing more than to kill every native person in the continent. I will freely admit that I haven't finished reading the book, but I cannot expect that the liberal, revisionist tone of the rest of the book will be any different. I will continue to buy Professor Marrin's books, but only if they precede the printing of this one. I don't read history for fiction; I read it to learn the truth. You will not find it in this book. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marrin does it again! November 27, 2008
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Albert Marrin should have stayed in junior high as a teacher. That way maybe we would have a lot more history lovers in America! Since he chose another career path, I am very happy that he continues to write for young people (now more kids can learn to love history!).
As usual, Marrin does an excellent job not only of presenting an memorable character, but explaining the events surrounding his life. I would not recommend this book for younger than at least 7th or 8th grade, but I would recommend it even for adults who want a readable, clear explanation of Old Hickory and his times! Thanks again Mr. Marrin!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Hickory: Andrew Jackson and the American People January 8, 2012
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This book was a gift to a son, who is interested in the history of our presidents. He said that the book is very well written and full of things he hadn't known about Jackson. He recommends it to anyone who would like to know more about Andrew Jackson's life.
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Albert Marrin is an award winning author of over 40 books for young adults and young readers and four books of scholarship. These writings were motivated by the fact that as a teacher, first in a junior high school in New York City for nine years and then as professor of history and chairman of the history department at Yeshiva University until he retired to become a full time writer, his paramount interest has always been to make history come alive and accessible for young people.

Winner of the 2008 National Endowment for Humanities Medal for his work, which was presented at the White House, was given "for opening young minds to the glorious pageant of history. His books have made the lessons of the past come alive with rich detail and energy for a new generation."

Dr. Marrin's numerous other awards include the Washington Post Childrens'Book Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the James Madison Award for Lifetime Achievement, several Horn Book awards by the Boston Globe, consistently appearing on the best book of the year lists of the American Library Association, frequent recognition by Book Lists, and the Western Heritage Award for best juvenile nonfiction book presented at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame among others.

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